Teen, 17, who beat cancer three times dies in parent's arms after catching Covid

A 17-year-old who beat a rare form of cancer three times has died in her parent’s arms after catching coronavirus.

Aspen Deke’s parents have paid tribute to her, saying she was ‘the most thoughtful, kind, compassionate, forgiving and caring young woman you would ever meet’.

The high school junior, from Kansas City, Missouri, was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was four years old.

Her family believed she had been through the worst after beating the illness following a bone marrow transplant and CAR-T cell immunotherapy.

She tested positive for Covid in November after her mum and brother also caught the virus. 

Her family say they don’t know where they caught Covid-19 after taking every precaution.

The young woman was intermittently admitted to Children’s Mercy Kansas City hospital with high-grade fever and low oxygen levels.

Doctors placed her on a ventilator twice before she passed away in the arms of her mum and dad on January 31. She died from Covid complications after cancer weakened her immune system.

Dad Eric told Fox he ‘couldn’t put into words’ how much his daughter cared for others.

He said: ‘Even if you didn’t want a birthday cake, if you weren’t a big birthday person, you were getting a birthday cake.’

He added: ‘This girl has had so many medications throughout her life. She was okay with it. More okay with it than I could ever imagine. She just was happy to be alive.’

Aspen was told she couldn’t have children due to chemotherapy and radiation but had dreamed of adopting and becoming a stay-at-home mum.

Mum Amanda said her daughter was always planning events for her friends and ‘wanted to give joy to everyone around her all the time’.

Only 3,100 children and adolescents younger than 20 are diagnosed with ALL each year in the US.

A total of 98% of children go into remission, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Eric and Amanda have asked people to wash their hands and wear masks to protect others, as America’s coronavirus death toll hits 454,712.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with paying their daughter’s medical bills.

They ask that anyone who has had coronavirus donate their plasma to help other patients still fighting the virus. 

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